“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within — strength, courage, dignity.” Ruby Dee

I wanted to remember this moment always, so I captured it. ▪️▪️▪️▪️ It was the evening of my launch/book-signing event. I came home so tired, yet on a high from my emotions and surreal moment in time. It was a night I dreamt about for so long! I looked at myself in the mirror, and I remembered thinking how pretty my make-up looked, and I didn’t want to take it off. I wanted to stay like “that” forever. ▪️▪️▪️▪️ But, it wasn’t the make-up that made me feel that way. It helped, of course. I’ve had make-up on plenty of nights before, but I never felt like that. No, it was my self-confidence. My huge accomplishment! My dream coming to fruition. It was my night. I owned every part of it. I was an on-top-of-the-world author for a night; I felt like Carrie...

“Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence”

Stop wasting your words and energy on people who have not earned or deserve a place in your life anymore. The lesson has been met. They’ve served their purpose, now release them. Life-long relationships are a true privilege. ▪️▪️▪️▪️ Life is precious and so is your time. You can not make people see the light of day or see your worth; you can no change people or chase them down. You can not save people from their own troubles, and you definitely can not make someone love or respect you or want to be a part of your life. You can’t control someone, and you can’t control how they react to you or have treated you, but you can, however, control how you react to them. ▪️▪️▪️▪️ One of my biggest and most rewarding, life-changing methods to that response has been this,...

“Finding Strength and Hope After Weathering Hurricane Irma”

Strength & Hope Two weeks ago, I posted a picture of a rainbow over our house. It was four days before Hurricane Irma hit our beautiful state of Florida. All of us were feared & frantic, as we sat and waited for this ravaging beast, slowly approaching. We had no idea what the outcome would be (the ugly side of nature). Through the anticipation, I saw this vision, and this symbol (the beautiful side of nature) ~ a rainbow, right over the backyard of our house. This was “my” sign that all would be okay. It was okay. It is. If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. After the storm, the sun will come out again. You must get through the rain, to get to the rainbow. It was there to show me ~ and to all who also saw it as well and now ~...

Validate Yourself, and the Whole World Will Follow

Start celebrating your accomplishments NOW… don’t wait, because there is much to celebrate! It’s about embracing the journey, the process… it’s not about the destination. One thing I’ve been working on this year is saying more positive thoughts about myself, acknowledging myself more, and my accomplishments, and where I *am* showing up in my life!  Because truth be told, we can be our own worse critics ~ harder on ourselves than even others are. What our world looks like around us, our relationships, and how people test you, are a reflection on how you view and treat yourself.  I’ve learned that it always comes back down to you; it’s really not about anyone else. So one BIG thing I’ve been working on is...

~ New Year’s Note 2017~ ‘Flow of Life’

In 2017, I have a new resolution ~ to want for nothing.  Every year I set one or a goal, but this year, I’m going about things differently.  I just want to be… Fully in the moment ~ in the flow of life ~ as is.  I will have faith that all is exactly as it should be, and what will be, will be.  To go with the ‘flow of life.’ Instead of wanting to lose another eight-ten pounds (cause for some reason that’s always my magical weight loss goal), I’m just going to celebrate having good health & fitness (and also my family’s).  Some people don’t have that option.  My family is here with me to hold everyday, and they’re healthy.  That is everything! I want to spend as much time with my family because time is...

“Tis the season to be merry…”

Clark: “Tis the season to be merry…” Mary: “That’s my name.” Clark: “No sh*t.” We all know the lines from this famous holiday classic… Christmas Vacation!  Not only is it one of the best written comedies of all time, we love it so much because we can completely relate to how crazy it can be during the holiday season, especially with our families.  Right?  Well, at least for me, it does.  Every year, we have a big Christmas celebrating with my large, crazy Italian family, and it always gets nuts just nearing the finish line.  We always almost end up choking one another, however, we do it with so much love and passion… you just gotta love us!  We’ve all had one too many pizza fritte (fried dough with...